Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Torrey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

scenic driving
1 day ago

It was beautiful! I would definitely do it again!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful. Only 1 mile to Blind Lake if you drive all the way to the TH. Read my full trail guide with a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/06/hiking-to-blind-lake-boulder-mountain.html

hiking
26 days ago

After turning off the paved highway, you weave your way up the mountain on a dirt road. Once you start passing campsites and other visitors, you start to really climb. The views are awesome, just go slow to watch for other vehicles coming from the other direction around blind corners. We had a low profile vehicle so we stopped and parked along the way and walked the rest of the way up to the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked by a map with a very faint "You are here" and an arrow. That is where the fun begins. To the right, the road continues to another lake, to the left of the trailhead marker is a small path into a fairly dense treeline. Through the trees, the trail is easy to follow, just keep climbing and you will come to a clearing where you can see out over the trees below. Keep hiking up, and follow the path, you will pass several smaller ponds, most of which are dry before reaching the real lake. Watch out for the high altitude for the out of towners, it will really start to affect how fast you can travel uphill. Just take many short breaks and remember to breath with every step. The path winds up and around the canyon until the lake pops out of the trees. When you see the crystal clear water of the Blind Lake, you will feel immediately refreshed.

Set in front of a giant canyon wall lined with trees, Blind Lake is cool and clean. The perfect place to rest and take in all of Southern Utah's natural beauty. The lake is very large and there were even snow banks remaining in May. Nobody was around on the day of our visit and it was so peaceful and quiet. you can see the bottom of the lake and each individual rock along the beach. The wonderful views and beautiful lake were such a wonderful experience, I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Awesome drive with some phenomenal views of the landscape. Leads to some really nice hiking trails as well.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Disclosure: this was my first time mountain biking (though I am in decent shape, thanks Peloton). This trail seemed pretty tough. Going west from the trailhead definitely some sections where had to walk my bike uphill (and a few where I had to walk downhill). Also some sandy sections I couldn't pedal through. Did better coming back east, though I skipped the last little bit going down to US 24 since it seemed like the climb back up would be really rough. I am guessing a more experienced rider would have had less difficulty. That being said, scenery was beautiful and I had a great time.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous drive, the road was in great shape as well. Leads to two nice hikes. Paved the entire way

on Velvet Ridge

mountain biking
1 month ago

We did the short loop on Forest road #207, leaving from the Torrey water storage tanks. I think about 5 miles. Some rocky climbs and some sand mush but over nice place to ride. spectacular scenery. this is a small portion of the Great Western Trail which appears to be for ATVs.

hiking
2 months ago

A very enjoyable hike starting out as a ramble along the Fremont River and orchards and then climbing up to a beautiful view of the fold and Fruita.

scenic driving
2 months ago

This drive provides a great intro to the park and its vast diversity. Well worth the time. Be sure to continue past the gates on to the gravel road — that’s when it gets GOOD!!!

walking
4 months ago

Really easy trail - the only dog friendly one at the park. I went here in February, the temperature was in the 40s, but was warm in the sun. Because it was off-season it wasn't crowded - in fact I was the only one there (on the trail).

The park is beautiful - worth seeing. I wish I had camped out there or got a cabin and did some more trails.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Great drive through Capitol Reef State Park, the Waterpocket Fold is really cool to see with the lines that go between red and white rock layers of golden sandstone, canyons and striking rock formations. Among the cool sights are the Chimney Rock pillar and 3 mile hike, the Hickman Bridge arch, and Capitol Reef, known for its white sandstone domes. Amazing to see Fruita as a real oasis in the desert along with its famous barn and old schoolhouse. Definitely worth a side trip.

scenic driving
6 months ago

We drove through on the way from St. George to Moab. We wish we had more time to explore some of the many trails in the park. It's a beautiful drive. Keep in mind if you come out this way, there's not much in the way of gas stations, stores and restaurants... make sure you bring food, water and other things with you.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Great drive with awesome scenery.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Go for it

scenic driving
8 months ago

Beautiful drive that has a few pullouts that provide good views.

The steep climb is fun. Stopped to pick fruit in the orchards on the way back.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Uphill to a beautiful lake, and wonderful fall colors. The road to the trailhead is a little rough, but did not require 4WD. Definitely worth it.

Beautiful drive. We made a few stops along the way and ate dinner at the picnic area at Capitol Gorge. We were lucky enough to be there while the sun was setting and the colors were absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
11 months ago

The 6 mile drive on the up and down dirt road was harrowing. The trail was pretty easy; prepare to have wet feet. Very neat place!

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First half is good for a stroll, second half is a good hike. For our 5 year old son was it a good distance.

scenic driving
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful scenic drive with a couple of trails to hike along the way. Great area to spend a few hours or the entire day. Be sure to bring a lot of water in the summer. For one of the only times in my life I ran out of water. I was lucky for me there had been a storm recently and there user puddles of water in the rocks. I was able to suck some water and was fortunate to not get sick.

scenic driving
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The scenic drive takes through the core of Capitol Reef NP. Admission fee is required, but spend the day along the road doing hikes, picnicking and you will find it worth it.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Did as a mountain bike trip in mid-june. While some guides recommend starting at the lookout, we saved 3 miles and parked just off the highway on the road to Bown's Reservoir. Fun downhill for quite some time with great views of the Park and Henry Mountains. We took the road and passed a biker later who had taken the ATV track. He said it was really bumpy (glad we didn't choose it). At some point you will see a sign saying Tantalus 5, take this left. As you lose elevation and get closer to the park, the road gets a lot more sandy patches. Great views all of the time. After crossing Tantalus Creek you will climb until you get into the park. Just after crossing into park there is a downhill section that can be pretty technical. I rode it but my wife walked her bike. Most of the ride is easy on the technical except for this part. Riding out South Draw to Pleasant Creek is really fun and flowy. We made it onto the scenic drive where our ride found us and saved the last 8 miles to Fruita. Was 101 degrees in the park, whew! A breeze kept it pretty cool for most of the trip.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beginning is just ok but once it starts climbing its awesome!

hiking
Monday, September 28, 2015

Excellent hike. The fall colors were spectacular. We were able to drive a CR-V to the blind lake trailhead. Road was a little rough but worth it. It is so cool to drive up from surrounding desert into alpine terrain with numerous lakes. Great backdrop for a backpacking trip in future.

hiking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Be sure to bring lots of bug spray in early summer months. Beautiful view of the lake at the end!

off road driving
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Tantalus Flats is reached from Hwy 12 on FR 186 to Lower Browns Reservoir, then FR 168. Nothing was that bad when I traveled it in 2009. We continued on into Capitol Reef NP. There was a fairly tough spot just inside the park. You go over a ridge, and the road goes right beside a deep washout until you get off the ridge. Several miles farther on, you cross Pleasant Creek, and you are on the Scenic Drive back to Fruita.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Trail follows the Freemont river near the campground and orchards. Its very easy for the first 1/2 mile along the river. Then climbs up to a valley overlook where there is a great view of the valley.

hiking
1 month ago

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